That’s it. Pottery Barn Kids has clearly been invaded by baby name enthusiasts. Gone are the days when they used the more conservative of the Top Ten plus a few staples. There’s a personalized item on the cover of a recent edition of the look book. For a girl – and the name is Cambria Elliot.
Other finds as I flipped through the pages included:
- Reuben Marshall
- Tobin Thompson
- Alice, Kylie, Camila, Chelsie, Dahlia
- Peter, Clayton, Tristan
I can’t say I’ve been cataloging PBK names for decades – I’d love to go back and look at an edition from, say, 2002. But it does seem like the retailer reflects the national trend for less common names.
- This book review makes me love the idea of naming a child Flora. (And possibly issuing her a pet flamingo. But that’s a different conversation.) I met someone my age with this name back in the early 1990s and thought it was awful – too fusty and old-fashioned. Amazing what a difference twenty years makes.
- Swistle’s Crib Sheet of baby naming tips is worth a read.
- Now this is fascinating: the popularity of baby names from the Bible is at an all-time low. Laura’s point that Biblical is a marker of style rather than origin is a good one.
- I love the name Mireille. Any one else remember French in Action with Pierre Capretz? Those videos are still my first thought when I hear this name.
- There are some really fabulous names in Enid Blyton books: Carlotta, Millicent, Barney, Podge.
- From the wayback machine: in 2008, the featured name was Sterling. Florence headlined in 2009. 2010 was the year for Cian, and Darwin was spotlighted in 2011. Last year was all about Django.
- Good advice from The Name Lady.
- I so appreciate Clare’s tactful re-naming of this baby name site in her Scoop.it site. No one should set out to “berate” baby names …
- Ace: is there a good formal name that leads to this zippy nickname? I’d be tempted to use the initials A.C. before I’d consider Eustace, but Ace from Jason is interesting.
- Super clunky names at Babynamelovers. Theodora is on my shortlist, and I love the idea of Gilberte called Gigi – just like in the 1958 film from the 1944 story by Colette. And how about Freda or Freida? Ready for a comeback, or still stuck in style limbo?
- I agree with Angela – Clover is a name to watch.
- Anna shares her recent name discoveries – I’d love to hear yours, too!
That’s all for this week. As always, thank you for reading, and have a great week!